Jolly’s American Beer and Dueling Piano Bar offers the best in American Craft Beer and an American Beer-influenced menu along with the uniquely American Phenomenon of Dueling Pianos, a concept Jolly Weldon brought to Philadelphia in 2008 with his first dueling piano bar. This is not your “grandfather’s” piano bar. No sitting at a stool, sipping brandy and singing along to Frank Sinatra. Jolly’s is a Rockin’, Rolling, sing-along, clap-along, drink-along, and have one helluva good time house of fun. And what better to pair with the concept of Dueling Pianos than American Craft Beers and an American Grill Menu that offers food and drink for everyone! We feature 24 Craft beers from across the country and seasonal selections that rotate daily. So, Eat, Drink and when the show starts, Be Jolly!
During the show, talented dueling pianists performing at two face to face baby grands in front of a large mirror perform the classic rock ‘n roll hits from the 1950’s to the present. From Elvis to Eminem, from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga, from Neil Diamond to Bruce Springsteen, we’ve got it all covered. Our talented performers, with an unlimited song repertoire, will “duel” with songs chosen by the audience, The show is sing-along, clap-along, and dance-along, and is fast-paced and interactive with the “duel” as much between the audience as the players. The show will typically run from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
We could tell you what goes on at Jolly’s but you probably wouldn’t believe us. It’s loud, noisy, animated, fun, spirited, cathartic, and hilarious. It’s music your parents grew up on and it’s the best hits of the 2000’s. And it’s all brought to life by our incredible piano players. As we like to say… “If you can’t have fun at Jolly’s, you can’t have fun!”
And don’t forget- we’re more than just entertainment. We’re an American Beer Bar with a mouth watering beer influenced menu designed by Chef Dayna Russo of Brick American Eatery. We take the classic American Grill menu up several notches with our made to order items such as beer-battered grilled cheese w/ bacon and avocado; pork belly tacos; white ale mussels; and much more. And to wash down our delicious fare we offer an incredible selection of beers and specialty cocktails, featuring Russian River, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Rogue, Yards, and dozens of other popular breweries. The menu runs the gamut from bar snacks to gourmet burgers. There’s something for everyone!
So come to Jolly’s! You’ll sing like you’re the only one in the shower and you’ll clap and dance like it’s the first day of American Bandstand. Rock and Roll, bawdy adult humor, musical roasts of special guests, and plenty of Craft American Beer and specialty drinks. Jolly’s is the spot for Bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, after work gatherings, and any other special occasion. With seating for 125 people, a state of the art sound system, custom tailored food and drink menus for your group, Jolly’s is perfect for your next event! Please call our Special Event Manager at 215.222.1232 to get this party started!
At Jolly’s “It’s a party every night!”
HISTORY OF DUELING PIANOS
The early history of dueling pianos began back in the stone age when two cave men at opposite ends of the cave began slowing drumming on large rocks with sticks. Fast forward to Depression-era New Orleans, where Pat O’Brien first introduced dueling pianos at his eponymous bar in 1933. Just as rock and roll itself is a uniquely American phenomenon, Dueling Pianos has its roots in the American experience. The “dueling piano sing-a-long” took hold as the age old ritual of coming together over food, drink and song appeals to us today just as it did to the cave men. And from one bar in New Orleans it spread out across the country in the 1950’s as rock and roll found an audience and pianists like Jerry Lee Lewis introduced a new, upbeat, fun and exciting style of play. As fun to watch as it was to hear!
With the great singer/songwriters like Elton John, Billy Joel and Neil Diamond providing many of the popular sing-along tunes from the 60’s,70’s and 80’s, the concept proved enjoyable for people of all ages. From 21 to 91, Jolly’s is the place to enjoy a fun, spirited time. And our performers have kept up with today’s music. From Lady Gaga to Jay Z, From Rascal Flatts to The Black Keys, from Coldplay to The White Stripes- We play it all. Dueling Pianos is as popular today as it was in the 30’s, offering a loud, rocking, clap-along, sing-along, dance-along good time.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND PRIVATE PARTIES
Jolly’s offers the perfect venue for your next event or gathering. From 5 to 150 people we can handle everything from the food to the music. Besides being the Bachelorette Headquarters for Philadelphia, we are a great spot for birthday, retirement, engagement, divorce, break-up, break-back, or any other reason to get together and throw a party. You bring the guests. We do all the rest!
Our chef will gladly create a custom menu for your group and we offer great drink packages. Private seating can be arranged through our Special Event Coordinator. Jolly’s is a unique and fun experience that will leave your guests with great memories of this event. And if you can’t come to us, Jolly’s Road Show will come to you with the food, drink, servers and musicians for your next corporate or private event. Please call our Special Event Coordinator at 215.222.1232
It’s a Party Every Night!
On stage there are 2 world class entertainers behind 2 baby grands facing each other. What they play is
entirely up to the audience. Song requests are brought up to the players and the duel starts. The duel
is really between the audience members who request different songs. The song usually has a higher
chance of being played first (the duel) than other requests depending on the amount of love (tip) shown
the pianist. And a song can be stopped by showing more love.
Jolly’s takes the term “piano bar” to a whole new level. It’s like a piano bar on Steroids! With the players
playfully bantering back and forth as the audience members “duel” to get their songs played or to stop the
current song from finishing. And then there’s the “Phrase Duel” Each night one of the players starts the
action by putting up a phrase or word on the mirror behind them. Usually $1 is the starting bid to change
the phrase or word. As the night goes on the bidding goes on to change the phrase
So come join the fun at Jolly’s Sit back and listen or step up and participate. Either way it’s a rockin’ ,
rolling, great time. And if you have that someone special with you that you would like to bring onstage
and make a complete fool out of, our pianists will be glad to “roast” them on the stage in front of
everybody! Don’t worry; it’s all in good fun!